Month: July 2020

If You Receive Unsolicited Seeds From China DO NOT PLANT Possibly Invasive Species

July 26, 2020 — Update 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm


July 27, 2020 Update 9:55 pm to include additional information for reporting to NJ Department of Agriculture:

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is aware that people across the country have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days. APHIS is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

Anyone in New Jersey who receives an unsolicited package of seeds from China should immediately contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-292-3976 or contactAg@ag.nj.gov. Also, you can contact the APHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.


Reports from several state’s department of agriculture reporting unsolicited seeds being mailed to random residence around the country. Moments after posting the story today, MidJersey.News received a post via Facebook of a pack of seeds sent to Hopewell Township-Washington Crossing, NJ area. Be on the lookout, Do Not Plant and report to USDA APHIS link posted below.

So far reports of seeds being sent to NJ, NY, Virginia, Utah, Louisiana, Washington State and the United Kingdom.

MidJersey.News did communicate with the NJ Department of Agriculture on Sunday about the seed issue and see links below on how to report to the USDA:

Report here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/import-information/sa_sitc/ct_antismuggling


If individuals are aware of the potential smuggling of prohibited exotic fruits, vegetables, or meat products into or through the USA, they can help APHIS by contacting the confidential Antismuggling Hotline number at 800-877-3835 or by sending an Email to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. USDA will make every attempt to protect the confidentiality of any information sources during an investigation within the extent of the law.


A package sent to Hopewell Township-Washington Crossing, NJ, provided by post on MidJersey.News Facebook:



Press release from Virginia:

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has been notified that several Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

Please do not plant these seeds. VDACS encourages anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail that appears to have Chinese origin to contact the Office of Plant Industry Services (OPIS) at 804.786.3515 or through the ReportAPest@vdacs.virginia.gov email.

Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.


Car Flips, Rolls And Crashes Into Another Car In Serious Accident On Route 29

July 25, 2020

From on scene reporting, information about the accident most likely will not be available so we will report what was heard from eye witness accounts.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3 pm this afternoon a car traveling south bound on Route 29 hopped a divider, went airborne, rolled and landed upright while also crashing into a vehicle traveling north bound, and ended up in the north bound lanes. Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department and TEMS responded to the scene. It did not appear that there were any major injuries in the wreck.

No further information is available, if information becomes available the story will be updated.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News


2 Injured 1 Serious Trauma Alert Called In NJ Turnpike Motorcycle Accident

July 25, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Capital Health Ambulance and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched to the NJ Turnpike for a serious motorcycle crash. The accident occurred just before 10:00 am on the south bound ramp back to the car lanes inner roadway, leaving the 6S Richard Stockton Service Area back onto the NJ Turnpike.

Upon arrival of fire department and EMS there were two people injured one more serious requiring a “trauma” alert to be called on the way to The Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

Breaking news report, no further information is available at this time. If NJ State Police releases information the story will be updated. NJ State Police is investigating the crash.

Burlington Twp. Man Who is Corrections Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting at Mount Laurel Medical Office

July 24, 2020

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ (BURLINGTON)–Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Mount Laurel Police Chief Stephen Riedener announced that a Burlington Township man has been charged with fatally shooting an employee and wounding a patient inside a township medical office this afternoon.

Bruce Gomola Jr., 51, of Kingsbridge Drive, was charged with Murder (First Degree), two counts of Aggravated Assault (Second Degree), and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree).

He will be scheduled for a first appearance in Superior Court, and the case will then be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment. Gomola is employed as a corrections officer at the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly. He is being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility in Camden.

The incident occurred near the Mount Laurel Police Department, with officers responding to the Delaware Valley Urology office in the 15000 block of Midlantic Drive at 12:50 p.m. today after receiving reports of a shooting inside the building.

The investigation revealed that Gomola apparently became upset concerning an appointment for his father. When Patient Services Representative Stephanie Horton attempted to discuss the situation with Gomola, he pulled a .40 caliber handgun and fired one shot into her chest. The bullet exited through her back and struck a female patient in the knee.

Gomola then left the building and drove away, but soon returned to the scene and surrendered without incident to a Mount Laurel detective.

Horton, 44, of Willingboro, was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m. at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The other victim, a woman in her fifties, was treated at the same facility for non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is being conducted by the Mount Laurel Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office.

All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin Selects New Chief Financial Officer

July 24, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin is pleased to announce Yolanda Hill as the new, permanent Chief Financial Officer for the Township.

Hill comes with nine years of experience serving as the Principal Accountant for the City of Vineland, where she previously held the title of Accounting/Finance Co-op.  While in Vineland, she was intimately involved in all aspects of the Financial Department, including preparing the Annual Financial Statement, Annual Debt Statement, municipal and utility budget and supervising employees.  In total, Vineland’s municipal and utility budgets total over $175 million in 2020, compared to Hamilton’s total of $125 million in 2020. 

“I am eager to work with Mayor Martin and for this new opportunity to serve the residents of Hamilton Township. I look forward to building a strong financial foundation for Hamilton and finding long term solutions to build its economic health,” said Hill. 

Hill is a graduate of Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer, attaining her certification in 2016.

“I am excited to have Yolanda join my leadership team and fill this critical position,” said Mayor Martin.  “I am thankful for her willingness to serve and am confident that the residents of Hamilton Township will be well-served by her ambition, experience and dedication to public service. “

“I would also like to thank our Business Administrator Kathy Monzo for filling the position of Acting CFO while we searched for a permanent hire. I know Kathy and Yolanda, working together as a team, are the perfect fit to ensure a strong financial future for Hamilton.”

Hill will assume the role of Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer on Monday, July 27, 2020. This nomination requires, and is expected to receive, the consent of the Hamilton Township Council.

After 45 Hours Missing Man Found Alive In West Windsor

July 24, 2020


Previous MidJersey.News stories on this search here:

Massive Search Underway In West Windsor For Missing Person Cameron Ward

Police Ask For Assistance Locating Missing Person In West Windsor


WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—On Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 8:54 pm, a 25-year-old resident was reported at missing/endangered. West Windsor Police responded, and the 25-year-old was believed to have been last seen at approximately 5:30 pm walking 3 family dogs and usually takes them to West Windsor Community Park-Dog Park. The victim’s mother contacted the West Windsor Police after “good Samaritans” found the 3 dogs wondering without any caretaker nearby and returned them to the mother’s residence.

West Windsor patrol units along with Sargent LaTorre began a search of the victim’s residence and the Community Park at 193 Princeton Hightstown Road. The missing person was not found during the initial search that night.

On Thursday July 23, 2020 another search was conducted during daylight with multiple officers and K-9 units from West Windsor Police, Robbinsville Township Police, and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. Once again on Thursday after searching all day the person was not found.

Today, on Friday July 24, 2020 a task force of Search and Rescue teams set up for a massive search of Community Park and nearby neighborhoods. The West Windsor Community Park was closed to the general public by the Fire Police while the search continued as well as the investigation into the missing person. Patrol Sabatino who is a drone pilot and K-9 units working in unison were searching the banks of the Grover’s Mill Pond. At 2:27 pm, Drone Pilot Sabatino with K-9 support located the missing/endangered person in a very secluded (thick foliage) area. The man had been missing for approximately 45 hours. Those 45 hours included very heavy thunderstorms and extreme heat. The victim, who was conscious, was transported to a local hospital for evaluation by West Windsor Emergency Services Squad 45.

West Winsor Police Chief Garofalo wanted to thank each and every person who assisted in the successful outcome. They never game up in finding this person. Without the teamwork, incredible efforts from numerous agencies, and the usage of the latest technologies (including K-9s, and drones) this incident would have had a tragic ending.

Agencies responding, West Windsor Township Police including Patrol Division, Detective Bureau & Administration, West Windsor Emergency Services Squad 45, Princeton Junction Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, Fire Police, Plainsboro Fire Department, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Robbinsville Township Police, NJ State Police, New Jersey Search and Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Search and Rescue, Community Search and Rescue, Lambertville Search and Rescue, Ramapo Rescue Dogs, Central Jersey K-9, Mercer County Communications, Mercer County Communications Center.


2 Car Accident With 1 Overturned On Nottingham Way

July 24, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department, Hamilton Township Police Dept and RWJ Hamilton EMS responded to a 2 car accident at Nottingham Way and Donald Drive just before noon. No serious injuries were reported in the accident where one of the vehicles ended up on its roof. No other information is available.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

Massive Search Underway In West Windsor For Missing Person Cameron Ward –Update Found


UPDATE HERE: After 45 Hours Missing Man Found Alive In West Windsor


See MidJersey.news story yesterday: Police Ask For Assistance Locating Missing Person In West Windsor

July 24, 2020

FOUND JULY 24, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–A massive search for missing person Cameron Ward of West Windsor is under way at West Windsor Community Park and Grover’s Mill Pond area of the Township.

West Windsor Police, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and many other police agencies, Search and Rescue teams, West Windsor and Princeton Junction Fire Departments and West Windsor Emergency Services are conducting a wide area search at West Windsor Community Park and Grover’s Mill Pond.

Agencies are using search and rescue dogs, drone type aircraft and even checking the pond by boats to try and locate the missing person.

West Windsor Community Park is closed until searches of area are completed.

If you have any relevant information about missing person Cameron Ward contact the West Windsor Township Police Department.

The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unknown at this time and we are looking for any information regarding Mr. Ward or his current whereabouts. If you have any information please contact the West Windsor Police Department @ 609-799-1222.


July 23, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Police Department is requesting your assistance with locating Cameron Ward, last seen on July 22nd around 5:30 PM leaving his house on foot taking his dogs for a walk in the West Windsor Community Park.

Mr. Ward was discovered missing around 9 PM when the 3 dogs he was walking were returned to their home by a good samaritan. 

Cameron is a 25 year old white male. He is 6’1 and weighs approximately 180 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing an orange/gray shirt, black shorts, and blue/black sneakers.

The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unknown at this time and we are looking for any information regarding Mr. Ward or his current whereabouts. If you have any information please contact the West Windsor Police Department @ 609-799-1222.

Kitchen Fire In Trenton

July 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Fire Department responded to the 700 Block of West State Street this morning around 6:30 am for a kitchen fire. Firefighters were met with heavy fire on the second floor in the area kitchen that extended to the 3rd floor. Firefighters were able to quickly put hose lines in service and knock down the fire.

The Trenton Building Department, Trenton Police, TEMS and PSE&G also responded to the scene.

State Police Arrest Man for DWI and Seize Heroin

July 24, 2020

MANALAPAN, NJ (MONMOUTH) and MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MORRIS)–The New Jersey State Police have arrested Dante Desadario, 21, of Manalapan, N.J., and Joseph Serpe, 37, of Staten Island, N.Y., and seized 110 bags of heroin during a traffic stop yesterday.

At 12:11 a.m., troopers from Netcong Station stopped Desadario for a traffic violation on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive Township, Morris County. During the stop, troopers determined Desadario was under the influence and arrested him for DWI. After further investigation, troopers discovered Serpe was in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested without incident.

Joseph Serpe was charged with possession of heroin, criminal under the influence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dante Desadario was charged with DWI. Both were released pending a court appearance.

Charges are mere accusations and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Toms River Man Charged With Making Terroristic Threats

July 23, 2020

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County First Assistant Prosecutor Michael T. Nolan, Jr., announced that Christopher Angulo, 46, of Toms River, was charged with making Terroristic Threats During a Declared State of Emergency in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3a.

On July 22, 2020, Angulo contacted the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and directly made threats that he was going to kill police officers. Angulo had previously made specific threats against members of the Bay Head Borough Police Department in May 2020, and was charged accordingly at that time.

Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit located Angulo at a residence in Toms River on July 22, 2020, and he was taken into custody without incident. Angulo is presently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

The public and press are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Convicted Felon Admits Selling Semi-Automatic Rifle In Trenton

March 10, 2021 Update here: Convicted Felon Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Selling Semi-Automatic Rifle In Trenton

July 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–A Trenton man today admitted unlawfully possessing a semi-automatic rifle during the course of an attempted sale to another individual, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Edwin Gaines, 59, pleaded guilty today by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Feb. 15, 2019, Gaines, who previously had been convicted of murder in New Jersey Superior Court and who has other felony convictions, arranged to sell to another individual a Ruger .22 semi-automatic rifle as well as an extended magazine. The purchaser, however, was acting at the direction and supervision of law enforcement. In a video- and audio-recorded transaction in the basement of a Trenton residence, the individual purchased the rifle and magazine from Gaines using money that law enforcement had provided.

The firearm charge to which Gaines pleaded guilty carries a statutory maximum term of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Gaines’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 24, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson, and detectives from the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Marita Navarro of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Andrea D. Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton 

Police Ask For Assistance Locating Missing Person In West Windsor–UPDATE FOUND


UPDATE HERE: After 45 Hours Missing Man Found Alive In West Windsor


July 23, 2020

FOUND JULY 24, 2020

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–The West Windsor Police Department is requesting your assistance with locating Cameron Ward, last seen on July 22nd around 5:30 PM leaving his house on foot taking his dogs for a walk in the West Windsor Community Park.

Mr. Ward was discovered missing around 9 PM when the 3 dogs he was walking were returned to their home by a good samaritan. 

Cameron is a 25 year old white male. He is 6’1 and weighs approximately 180 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing an orange/gray shirt, black shorts, and blue/black sneakers.

The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unknown at this time and we are looking for any information regarding Mr. Ward or his current whereabouts. If you have any information please contact the West Windsor Police Department @ 609-799-1222.

Governor Murphy Announces Main Street Commercial Corridors Relief

$6 Million in CARES Act Funding to be Allocated to NJRA Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Grant Program

July 23, 2020

LONG BRANCH, NJ (MONMOUTH)–Governor Phil Murphy today announced a new relief program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Grant Program (SBL-EAGP) will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for lease costs. The program will assist small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also assists landlords, many of whom are also small businesses.

“We are committed to helping small businesses across our state survive this unprecedented crisis,” said Governor Murphy. “A stronger and fairer New Jersey starts from the bottom up. The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Grant Program will infuse much needed funding into local economies by assisting both small businesses and the landlords that they rent from.”

“The Small Business Lease Emergency Grant Assistance Program is directly geared toward keeping the mom-and-pop shops on main streets and business centers afloat in this time of need, specifically in our most vulnerable communities in New Jersey,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and Board Chair of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. “Governor Murphy and I remain as committed as ever to supporting New Jersey’s small businesses and this new lease program will work hand-in-hand with other state assistance programs to help them emerge from this crisis stronger.”

“I am enormously proud to stand with Governor Murphy today to announce the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program. At NJRA, impact is and has always been our primary objective. And our number one priority is our state’s most vulnerable communities and neighborhoods. Not only do we invest in the communities that need it the most, but we’re there first in the areas that are often overlooked by traditional lenders. Right now New Jersey’s small and micro businesses, particularly those in economically challenged communities, are bearing the brunt of our nation’s health and economic crisis. These businesses deliver value and stability to our state, and yet, struggle to access capital. Today, we’re proud to be there with the Governor to offer these businesses both rental relief grants and support accessing them,” explained Leslie Anderson, President and CEO of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority.

The SBL-EAGP, managed by the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA), is the first component of a broader Main Street Commercial Corridors Relief Package to be paid for with federal CARES Act funding. Through the SBL-EAGP, small businesses located in NJRA’s 64 eligible municipalities that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for up to $10,000 to assist with lease payments. It will provide grants to:

  • Tenants leasing commercial space in mixed-use buildings
  • Tenants leasing space in commercial buildings
  • Tenants leasing space to operate a storefront business

The program will be targeted to businesses with 5,000 square feet of leased space or less, and is requiring standard debarment and legal qualifications from applying businesses.  Applications will open August 10, 2020, online, and funds will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  $6 million in federal CARES Act funding will be allocated for this program.

“Small business owners have been struggling to make ends meet throughout this pandemic—especially when it comes to fixed costs like rent and utilities,” said Senator Vin Gopal. “Without additional aid, thousands of these businesses will go under permanently. These commercial rental assistance grants will go a long way toward helping small businesses and Mom-and-Pop stores survive.”

“I’m grateful to the Governor for working to make these federal CARES Act funds available to our hard-working and struggling small businesses,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey. “We can’t afford to let any of these businesses—which together support hundreds of thousands of jobs and families across our state—be forgotten and left behind.”

“We need to make sure that our economic recovery focuses first on Main Street—on the small businesses that form the backbone of our economy,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “Many small stores, especially throughout the Jersey Shore, have desperately needed help in keeping the lights on. Now, with these commercial rental grants, many more will have the means to stay afloat.”

“We are very happy Governor Murphy chose Long Branch as the location to announce this new initiative,” said Long Branch Mayor John Pallone. “This is going to be a real boost for businesses here in Long Branch and through out the state.”

The NJRA Main Street Commercial Corridors Relief program is an excellent example of how the state and federal funding partnership is working together to help small businesses throughout NJ lead towards resilience,” said Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at Brookdale Community College. “In addition, to giving small businesses a desperately needed “lifeline” that will not only keep businesses afloat but keep them alive.”

“COVID-19 has created multiple, compounding challenges for small business owners. Ensuring they are able to survive the current crisis and rebuild their businesses requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the many difficulties they are facing,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “We are proud to support the NJRA and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver’s insightful approach to helping business owners to stabilize their operations and navigate a path toward recovery. The SBL-EAGP program will relieve a major pain point for commercial tenants and landlords in impacted cities across the state.”

Traffic Alert: NJ Turnpike Robbinsville Township

July 23, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 11:35 am it appears a car vs tractor trailer in the “Truck Lanes” of the NJ Turnpike was causing a 1 mile back up. The accident was located around the 64 mile marker and under the Windsor Road bridge. No injuries were reported.

Traffic is still backed up over a mile at the time of this report.

Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire That Extended To Exterior Of Home

July 22, 2020

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Hope Fire Company of Allentown, Millstone Township Fire Department and New Egypt Fire Department responded to Steeple Chase Court around noon for a car fire. Upon arrival a car was on fire in the driveway that was spreading towards the house. Firefighters arrived and were able to quickly knock down the fire and prevented further damage to the home. The fire is under investigation by the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Hope Fire Company of Allentown reported on their Facebook page that they handled 2 serious accidents, 1 car fire with exposure to a home and a fire alarm today all in the 90F+ hot and humid heat wave. Millstone and New Egypt Fire Departments helped at calls today in the township.

Jackson Man Killed In Serious Accident On I-195

July 22, 2020, Updated July 23, 2020 at 11:15 am.

UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–At 6:46 am the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and the Millstone Township Fire Department responded to I-195 west bound in the area of mile marker 13.4 for a severe accident.

According to NJ State Police spokesman Philip Curry, Mario Shehata, 30 of Jackson was killed in the crash while operating a Honda Civic eastbound on 195.

The Honda Civic crossed the center median and struck an Acura which was going westbound. The driver of the Acura was Richard Carter, 37 ,of Farmingdale according to an update on Thursday from NJ State Police.

The westbound lanes were completely closed just before 8 a.m., for the accident investigation, creating a multi-mile delay approaching the crash scene. The left lane was reopened about 11:45 a.m.

Curry said that cause of the crash remains under investigation.


 

Bedroom Fire In Hamilton Quickly Extinguished

July 22, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:00 am the Hamilton Township Fire Department was dispatched to Victor Aveneu for a fire on a second floor of a home. Upon arrival fire was found in a bedroom on 2nd floor and firefighters quickly knocked down the fire using a “can” and an 1 3/4″ hose line. The fire was quickly under control and fire is under investigation.


Last Dance Baseball Tournament: Dirty Boyz-Liedtka Trucking Defeats Lawrence Road Irish 6-2

July 21, 2020

TRENTON NJ (MERCER)–Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking-Hamilton West baseball defeated Lawrence Road Irish-Notre Dame 6-2 at Arm & Hammer Park, during “Round of 32” of the Last Dance NJ High School World Series Tournament tonight.

Dirty Boyz Liedtka Trucking-Hamilton West heads to Lakewood tomorrow at 11:30 am the Round of 16 in the tournament taking on Brooklawn /Gloucester Catholic.

Photo gallery:

Large Amount Of Bales On Fire In Robbinsville

July 21, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–At 5:19 pm the Hope Fire Company of Allentown and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department were dispatched to a large amount of straw bales on fire. The fire was located at Old York Road between Sharon and Herbert Roads. Due to the amount of bales on fire the Millstone Township Fire Department and the New Jersey Forrest Fire Service also responded with additional equipment. Firefighters had to break apart the flaming bales by hand to extinguish the fire during a heat wave, current temperature is over 90F in NJ.

Old York Road between Sharon Road and Herbert Road was closed during the fire.

Dunkin’ of Philadelphia Awards Two Mercer County Students with Academic Scholarships

Nicholas Vellenga, Ewing High School

Kaitlyn Young, Robbinsville High School

July 21, 2020

Philadelphia, PA–Dunkin’ and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, today announced the recipients of its eleventh annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

From more than 1,500 applicants, Dunkin’ and Scholarship America selected 25 students to receive a $2,000 academic scholarship to an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school of their choice for fall 2020. Dunkin’s Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program was open to current part-time and full-time undergraduate students and high school seniors. Dunkin’ awarded a total of $50,000 to the 25 recipients who were selected based on their academic records, demonstrated leadership skills, and overall commitment to their schools and local communities.

To date, the Dunkin’ Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program has awarded $450,000 in scholarships to 275 outstanding high school seniors and college students. The program was founded in 2009 by Dunkin’s Philadelphia-area franchisees as a way to ease the financial burden of college for students throughout the region.

“On behalf of my fellow franchisees, we are honored to award these 25 exceptional students with the 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarships,” said Perry Shah, local Dunkin’ franchisee and Philadelphia regional advertising committee chairman. “We are so proud to see the scholarship program continue to grow each year and support students in our local communities. It is an honor to have the opportunity to further students’ educational goals and we look forward to the amazing achievements of these future leaders.”

To celebrate their 2020 Dunkin’ Regional Scholarship, each of the student recipients will enjoy a special visit at their residence from the Dunkin’ Community Cruiser. From July 30th through August 11th, Dunkin’ and its Community Cruiser will celebrate each student by providing a well deserved coffee break to the recipient’s family and friends.

Recipient: Nicholas Vellenga

Hometown: Ewing, NJ

High School: Ewing High School

University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Bio:  Nicholas Vellenga is a recent graduate of Ewing High School, where he served as valedictorian. He is a recipient of the Senior Mathematics Department Award, Senior Spanish Department Award, 2020 Robotics Club Activities Award, President’s Gold Award, and USMC Scholastic Excellence Award. Vellenga also served as a member of the National Honor Society, Robotics Team Technical Manager, and is an Eagle Scout. This fall, Nicholas will attend Georgia Institute of Technology, where he plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Recipient: Kaitlyn Young

Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

High School: Robbinsville High School

University: La Salle University

Bio:  Kaitlyn Young is a recent graduate from Robbinsville High School. She was the recipient of the Excellence in Design, Computer Science, and English Award, and the Robbinsville High School Citizenship Award. In addition, Young was a member of the International Thespian Society and the National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, she was a Physics and Honors Biology Tutor, Community Theater Performer and Volunteer, FIRST Tech Challenge Team Student Mentor, and an Assistant Teaching Artist at the McCarter Theatre Center. During her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys dancing and learning new musical instruments. This fall, Kaitlyn will attend La Salle University, where she plans to pursue a degree in Speech-Language Pathology.


Updated Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to New Jersey, Bringing Total to 31 States

31 States Include Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin

July 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from additional states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The updated advisory includes 10 additional states  – Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington – with Minnesota removed from the list. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, July 21, there are currently 31 states total that meet the criteria stated above: Alaska; Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Indiana; Kansas; Louisiana; Maryland; Missouri; Mississippi; Montana; North Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Nevada; Ohio; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin.

“It is critically important that all New Jerseyans remain committed to beating COVID-19 by remaining vigilant and continuing our collective efforts to reduce new cases and the rate of transmission throughout the state,” said Governor Murphy. “In order to prevent additional outbreaks across New Jersey and continue with our responsible restart and recovery process, I strongly encourage all individuals arriving from these hotspot states to proactively get a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine.”

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. 

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Allowing the Resumption of Contact Practices and Competitions for Certain Organized Sports in Outdoor Settings

July 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 168, allowing the resumption of contact practices and competitions in outdoor settings for organized sports defined as “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s “Guidance for Sports Activities.” Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 149 on May 29, 2020, allowing organized sports to resume on a phased-in schedule as defined by the Department of Health as “low,” “medium,” and “high risk” activities.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, my Administration has been committed to using all of the available science, data, and facts guide New Jersey’s strategic reopening and resumption of activities,” said Governor Murphy. “Today, our data gives us confidence, that in outdoor settings and with the proper public health and safety protocols in place, contact sports can resume while protecting players, coaches, and staff.”     

The order stipulates that practices and competitions must be held in outdoor settings only, and encompasses sports including football, cheerleading, group dance, rugby, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, and wrestling. All sports will have to abide by a number of health and safety protocols, including screenings for athletes, coaches, and staff; limited equipment sharing; and strong requirements for disinfecting and sanitizing equipment. Additionally, sports under the oversight of either the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association or the NCAA must abide by those associations’ rules. All sporting activities are subject to the “Guidance for Sports Activities,” and such activities must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.

The order will take effect immediately.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 168, please click here.

UPDATE: Sources Say 3 Shot In Trenton Shooting Taken By Private Vehicle To St. Francis Hospital

Bullets continue to fly in Trenton in a wave of gun violence. Trenton’s last known homicide from gun violence was just days ago on July 17 read about the 21st Trenton homicide here.

See yesterday’s MidJersey.News story here: Multiple Shooting In Trenton

July 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Sources tell MidJersey.News that three people were shot yesterday in the 300 Block of Centre Street and were taken by private vehicle to St. Francis Medical Center around 7:30 pm.

Trenton Police were at the scene marking and collecting evidence such as bullet casings.

No press releases, public information or details come from Trenton Police unless it is a fatal shooting then details will come from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. If official details become available the story will be updated, corrections made if necessary.

The reports are from on scene reporting and radio information.


CHECK OUT THE LIST OF MIDJERSEY.NEWS STORIES ON CITY OF TRENTON 2020 SHOOTINGS, STABBINGS AND HOMICIDES HERE:

And the list grows: Other Recent Trenton Shooting and Homicide Stories: (There has been a lot more gun violence, stabbings and shootings but these are ones we have enough information to report on)

Multiple Shooting In Trenton

Continuing Coverage: City Of Trenton’s 21st Homicide Of 2020

BREAKING: Shooting On Broad Street Is Fatal, Becomes City’s 21st Homicide of 2020

Trenton Murder Body Count = 20 As Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigating Another 2020 Trenton Shooting

BREAKING: Reports Of Fatal Shooting In Trenton As Shootings And Stabbings Plague City

2020 Trenton Death Toll Rises to 19 As Detectives Investigating Double Homicide in Trenton

When Will “Enough Be Enough”? – Mercer County Homicide Task Force Investigating Wednesday Night Murder In Trenton, Ewing Man Is 17th Person Dead In 2020

Arrest Made In Trenton Stabbing Homicide

Trenton Stabbing Victim Identified, 16 Dead In 2020 So Far In The City

BREAKING: Multiple Stabbings In Trenton This Evening

16 Members & Associates of Violent Trenton-Based “Get Money Boys” Gang Linked to Four Shootings in Last 10 Months

BREAKING: A City Of Shootings, 24 Hours After City Officials And Leaders Exclaimed “Enough Is Enough!” Another Shooting

“Enough Is Enough!” Trenton Council President Kathy McBride, After 2 Children And 1 Man Shot, One Other Child Injured By Running Away From Gunfire

UPDATE: Blood Continues To Spill In City Gun Violence As Another Man Killed By Multiple Gunshot Wounds

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

Trenton Shooting Victim Identified From Yesterday’s Shooting

Trenton Body Count Increases To 15 As Carnage Continues In The City

BREAKING: Trenton Shootings Continue, Early Morning Shooting In Trenton

BREAKING: Reported Another Shooting In Trenton As Gun Violence Plagues City

Reports Of A Shooting Last Night In Trenton at Rowan Towers

Trenton Man Dead From April 14th Shooting At Kingsbury Towers

Update: 25 Year Old Trenton Man Dead In PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Large Crowd From Trenton, NJ Involved in PA Shooting At Holiday Inn Express

Trenton Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder

Developing Story: Trenton Shooting Victim From This Afternoon Identified

BREAKING: One Shot Dead; The Carnage Continues As Shootings Ravage City

Hamilton Teen Killed By Gun Violence In Trenton

BREAKING: Bloodbath In Trenton Continues, 1 Dead 1 Critical In Another Shooting

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

BREAKING: Shooting Blood Bath Continues, In Trenton This Morning

Breaking: 2 Shot at Kingsbury Towers In Trenton

Trenton Man Arrested in Hoffman Avenue Homicide

Trenton Mayor Gusciora And City Officials Address April 5th Violence

BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Multi-Shooting Tonight In Trenton

BREAKING NEWS: Another Shooting In Trenton Tonight

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting In Trenton One Possible Fatal And One Serious

BREAKING: Police Investigate Shooting On Trenton/Hamilton Border

More Trenton Shootings at this link

2nd Alarm Commercial Building Fire In Lawrence

July 20, 2020

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 7:40 pm the Trenton Fire Department and Lawrence Township Fire Departments were dispatched for smoke in the area calls. A fire was located at 1010 Spruce Street involving a commercial building and a 2nd Alarm was called for. Crews were met with a building well involved in fire, utility poles down with live wires and excessive heat being close to 100F due to a heat wave in the area. Mutual aid was sent from surrounding towns including Ewing, Hamilton and Princeton. No further information about the fire is available at this time.


Multiple Shooting In Trenton

Reported as multiple people shot, victims were transported by private vehicle to the hospital.

July 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 7:30 pm shots rang out in the city again this time in the 300 Block of Centre Street. When Trenton Police, Trenton Fire and Trenton EMS arrived on scene they found that the shooting victims were transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital.

Trenton Police were on scene marking locations of bullet casings and looking for and collecting evidence.

No other information will be available unless a person from the shooting dies and information comes from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Trenton Police does not usually release information unless it is a shooting death and if there is a death information is usually provided by a different agency.

This is breaking news information, obtained from on scene and radio reports. If official information becomes available the story will be updated.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy OnScene News

NJ American Water Company Outdoor Watering Ban In Monmouth And Ocean Counties Due To High Demand

July 20, 2020

MONMOUTH/OCEAN COUNTIES, NJ –NJ American Water has issued a mandatory outdoor watering ban in Monmouth and Ocean Counties do to high water demand. See below from NJ American Water’s Twitter:


We have issued a mandatory outdoor water ban for Monmouth & Ocean Counties due to an issue at one of our primary plants and increased high water demands. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our website, but the full press release is attached to this post.



Serious Accident In Millstone, Victim Flown To Trauma Center By NJSP Helicopter

July 20, 2020

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–The Millstone Township Fire Department was dispatched at 10:22 am to the intersection of Perrineville Road and Giant Maple Court for a two vehicle accident. Firefighters requested assistance from Monroe Township Fire Department Station 57 to help with the extrication of a person trapped.

A Jeep overturned and up righted during the two vehicle collision. The driver of the Jeep was heavily entrapped and was freed by firefighters from Millstone and Monroe Townships using extrication tools.

While firefighters were conducting a heavy extrication they called for a medical helicopter for faster transport to the trauma center. The New Jersey State Police sent the “North Star” medical helicopter and landed at the little league field on Perrineville Road. The patient was transferred from the Robert Wood Johnson Ambulance to the helicopter and was flown to RWJ Hospital New Brunswick trauma center. Manalapan Township Fire Department stood by at the landing zone and assisted.

There were no reported injuries in the other vehicle in the collision.


A Perrineville Road accident victim is loaded onto the NJ State Police Helicopter “North Star” at the Millstone Township little league field on Perrineville Road July 20, 2020


Hamilton Firefighters Extinguish House Fire In Extreme Heat And Humidity

July 20, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Hamilton Township Fire Department responded to the 200 Block of Lynwood Avenue around 8:20 am. First arriving fire apparatus reported smoking coming from the building and fire in the ceiling an “all hands” was transmitted bringing additional resources to the scene. Firefighters quickly put two hand lines in service and knocked down the fire. Fire was under control within 20 minutes.

Not only did firefighters have to deal with the heat of the fire they had to deal with extreme heat and humidity from the current heatwave.

No further information is available at this time.

DEVELOPING STORY: FBI Investigating North Brunswick Shooting At Federal Judge’s Home

July 20, 2020

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–The FBI Newark office is investigating a shooting that occurred around 5 pm on Point of Woods Drive at the home of Judge Esther Salas.

Police were reportedly looking for a white male wearing a FedEx uniform and a light grey Nissan Sentry.

Sources tell MidJersey.News that her husband defense attorney Mark Anderi was shot, originally reported as critical and after surgery is in stable condition at RJW Barnabas Hospital in New Brunswick. Her son was killed by the gunman.

If you have any relevant information involving this case you are asked to contact the FBI at 1-973-792-3000


Statement by Governor Murphy on Shooting of Judge Esther Salas’ Family


“Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act. This tragedy is our latest reminder that gun violence remains a crisis in our country and that our work to make every community safer isn’t done.”